Igor Varfolomeev's site about lute and guitar music
Updatings of the site

The exhaustive information about history lute music, composers, luteists, makers, publishers of the Renaissance, Baroque and their biographies.

The review of family lute instruments. Renaissance lute, Baroque lutes and Baroque guitar, Vihuela, Theorbo, Chitarrone, Wandervogel lute, Renaissance Cittern, Mandolin, Bandora, Torban, etc.

Information about modern and early players on the lute instruments, composers, luthier, publishers, and simply associates. Biographies, photos, etc.

of the lute
In this review, there are more than 150 CD. On this page you can read the contents of CD, see the cover of a larger size and listen to some tracks on-line.

Theory and
of play
What does it mean - lute tablature and how to read it? How to play at the classical guitar the lute music? Tuning of lute instruments, strings and other manuals.

and notes»
The library contains several sections of file archives of various formats and contents, such as works for the lute, lute music ensembles, manuscripts, lute books. A collection of scanned copies of sheet music for classical guitar ever published in paper form.

You will see on-line on this page of video of play on lute instruments.

View video playlist of lute music.

Lute in
painting and
In this gallery of pictures you can get acquainted with the fine art of different epochs associated with the lute.

Information about the history of the classical guitar, the guitar in the history of Russia, early and modern famous guitarists. Classical guitar in jazz. Large library of guitar music.

Links to the lute societies of the world and other thematic Internet sites and pages.

Now online visitors: 3

Site is open 1.06.2003
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 The information for visitors

Welcome to the site dedicated to lute and guitar music. The theme of the lute is mainly touched upon as an undeservedly forgotten instrument, which was the ancestor of not only the classical guitar, but also many other stringed instruments.

The site contains information about all aspects of lute music, such as history, instruments and their various types, composers and performers from different countries and times. There is also a CD review with listening, theory, access to a huge library of sheet music, tablature and ancient manuscripts, a gallery of paintings from eras associated with the lute, videos of various performers, etc.

The "Classical Guitar Page" section contains information about the history of the guitar in Russia and in the world, information about Russian and foreign performers, classics of guitar music, classical guitar in jazz, rock and pop music, as well as an extensive library of classical guitar sheet music.

On the home page, listen to on-line radio 24x7, watch videos, and other interesting information.

On-line audio and video Lute.ru radio

24 hours a day, listen on-line lute music. On-line player opens in a small popup window. You can continue to browse the site, listening to the lute. PLAY >>

 Video playlist

It consists of selected video including: Lute Duo, Ensemble Tanedores, Hopkinson Smith, Andreas Martin, Julian Bream, Jonas Nordberg and many others. LOOK >>

Early music in Russia Early music in Russia

Page about the musicians, early music ensembles, musical instrument artisan living in Russia or abroad. MORE >>

First Lute School First Lute School

Educational project of the Russian luteists Andrei Chernyshov and Marina Belova. The main goal of the School is to expand the knowledge of amateur and professional musicians in the field of music of the XVI-XVIII centuries for early plucking instruments: lutes, baroque guitars, vihuels.

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Rob MacKillop Welcome to ‘The Scottish Guitar’

The book has 74 pages, and there are 40 mp3 files.

It is the sum of many years researching and performing Scottish lute, cittern and guitar music.
The key thing is the performances.

There is a continuity of style and technique going back nearly 1,000 years, which I have brought to the modern nylon and steel-strung guitar.

As I say in the Introduction, this is more Scottish than 'Celtic'. MORE >>

Russian 7-stringed guitar Russian 7-stringed guitar

It is the most mysterious musical instrument concerning the history. It is a lot of disputes, but anybody plainly cannot explain two hundred year's history of a seven-stringed guitar. Who was the founder of this instrument?, sources of occurrence?, etc.

We hope, that this page will explain much and will promote revival of this remarkable musical instrument.

On this page you will find a vast collection of tutorials, manuals and notes for seven-string guitar (Free Download). MORE >>



Lute is the most wide-spread favourite
musical instrument
in many West European
countries of


The oldest compositions were intended for the 6-string lute. To the end of the 16-th century the 7-th string was added and then the strings number was increased.


having oval or other body and neck
along which the strings are stretched can be believed
to the lute family. Archaeological museum in Cairo keeps a small
lute with
a long neck
found in a burial
(1500 before our era)